Assault to the Senses

Gas Drilling in Dimock, Pa.

Questions about the uplift/explosion incident

Pat Farnelli wrote:

Hey, TRex, I have a few comments: Are you sure the Clapper well you listed is the Clapper Hill Well? I heard there was a Clapper Well in Elk Lake. This was just hearsay from an Elk Lake bus driver. I heard the one that exploded was in Bradford County. That Clapper 2H well you cited seems to be in Susquehanna. Also, most of the reporters with the gas well beat aren’t exactly trained in the industry or chemistry or geology, and have to get the facts and turn them over quickly. I think they did that as well as can be expected. There is such a thing as a follow-up. No one was there to comment from the DEP? Remember, they said there was no explosion at Norma’s, either.


Update: Article by Ron Hosie in the Daily Review

Chesapeake denies its well exploded–published Jan. 28
12:45 p.m. update: Chesapeake denies its well exploded
Ron Hosie
Published: January 28, 2010

The incident involving a Chesapeake energy natural gas well this morning in Tuscarora Township was not an explosion, a company spokesman said early this afternoon.
Brian Grove, Chesapeake’s director of corporate development in Towanda, in a prepared statement, described what happened as “a brief but forceful uplift of tubing.” He specifically denied that the phenomenon was an explosion.
Three employees of a contract company were transported to a hospital, he said, but none had critical injuiries.
“There was no release of any materials that could be harmful to the environment and the situation presents no danger to the public. This is all the information that is available at this time,” Grove said in the statement.
According to transmissions over Wyoming County 911 communications at the time of the incident, an explosion took place at the Mowry well site of Chesapeake Energy on Clapper Hill in Tuscarora Township.
One person was thrown in the air 30 feet, and suffered back pain and injuries to his wrist and another individual sustained back pain, according to preliminary reports.
Emergency crews were called out, according to the scanner transmission, but there was no visible fire. Laceyville Fire Chief Scott Fisher refused to comment at mid-morning, saying he wouild need to finish his report first.
Jim Vajda. Bradford County’s Emergency Management Agency director was reported on the scene and unavailable for immediate comment.

Jan. 28

> There was a major explosion this morning at a gas well on Clapper Hill, around 3 a.m. The rig workers had to be lifeflighted out, and one was thrown 30 feet through the air. Just over the county line into I think Bradford County. More when I get the report.

Compressor stations coming to Carter Rd.

Just found out that there will be a compressor station going in across
from our new home. There will be more on Carter Road. It just keeps
getting better. I do not know what else I can do to save this little
valley. I promised my husband I would stop when I knew I could do
nothing more…I have seen the google map of the wells. I know what is
coming and I have to find a way to live with this or leave my first
home-a home my husband has been building for me these past few years.

yoko Jan 15 04:18PM -0800 ^

update these compressor stations are being erected to take all the gas
out of those well sites and then they will plug them-part of the
“corrective” action-that’s what I heard today


“This wasn’t just plain terrible, this was fancy terrible. This was terrible with raisins in it.” ~Dorothy Parker

Sometimes, the situation here in Dimock is beyond description. There are layers of deception and corruption and contamination and disillusionment here that I cannot personally fathom.

Another from Yoko on Susquehanna County Gas Forum

yoko Jan 05 02:24PM -0800 ^

Did a drive this afternoon-had to dodge large flatbeds parked, waiting
access to well sites- you had to drive around them on a hill-no
flagman- I spoke to the driver and he was upset there was not a
flagman there-he said tell the gas company-soooo At the Cabot office-
after they unlock the door to allow all their happy supporters in or
keep us out- I let spew about the traffic”you may own our land now but
the road is still ours!” and of course I threw in the latest orange,
black water crap on sr. 3023 or lower Carter Road as we’ve become
known-they sent a few white trucks off to investigate. THEN I took a
drive with my camera and pumped up blood pressure to discover
UNBREATHABLE air out on Phillips road-there are tank farms and lots
going on at these sites. The storage farm on 29 has already had some
nasty stuff spilled and cleaned up without DEP ever knowing. I ended
my joy ride on Teel Road where Chief is tearing things up at a rapidly
destructive pace- God Save Dimock-because no one else will…..

Yoko tells of new neighbor with orange water

Post by Yoko on Susquehanna County Gas Forum: “…Have you wondered how many of our “elected” officials or their friends
and affiliates have leased with the gas company? Just a thought. I
spoke at length to Senator Baker’s office-Tom Uneski. He told me they
do represent the constituents and the constituents want the leases and
they want them now-not later-not after the studies are done or safety
regulations-now. When I told him another neighbor reported orange and
filthy household water this weekend(great New Year’s start!) he said
well DID they sign a lease? …”